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Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

 President's Message

Greetings members,

It was a pleasure seeing so many friends and making new ones at this year’s 25th Anniversary Threat Management Conference. We had a record attendance with some extraordinary speaker presentations. The committee will conclude discussions shortly on enhancements from this year’s event and begin planning for the 2016 conference. I would like to thank all of our speakers and members that participated in the conference. It was an incredible success and we continue to break attendance records. I would also like to thank our affiliate association Presidents and their board members from CATAP, EATAP and APATAP for their continued support. We continue to embrace and pursue ways to grow this global community. I encourage you all to become familiar with their conferences, events and associations by looking them up on the web. In the very near future you will find a hosted platform for all of us to connect.

Many of you may have noticed ATAP in the media recently. Interviews with NPR, Fox8 News in New Orleans and many others have surfaced as of late helping us bring threat assessment and management to the forefront of the discussions among legislators, government agencies and businesses. This is key to our mission to continue to influence the adoption of the practices outlined by our community as best practice. We will continue to do our best to influence the public and drive this message home. Your participation is key in seeking opportunities to tell people about the Association and direct them to our website or headquarters for further information. Remember, as a member of the Association you should not speak on behalf of the Association unless designated to do so.  But you can certainly proudly tell people about us.

You may also have noticed increasing efforts to add new chapters and grow our membership. One of the stark realities of our association is that with only 12 chapters in the U.S. there are many urban and suburban areas without the resources that an ATAP chapter brings to them. Increasing the understanding of the practice of threat assessment and management will require a greater grassroots effort. As of this month we have over 1,300 members in our association and a new chapter in New England which is almost one year old. Thanks to efforts by many of our association leadership and past leadership we are well on the way to creating several more chapters including possibilities in Houston TX, St. Paul, MN and Orlando, FL. Reaching to your professional associates in these areas as well as those where chapters already exists will continue to allow us to educate the public and raise the bar of professional threat assessment.

Speaking of raising the bar, as many of you saw from our October announcement, we now have 24 Certified Threat Managers among us. This is a great start for this new certification and I strongly encourage everyone that qualifies to begin studying. Before you know it the spring will be here and several more opportunities to test will present themselves. We are currently planning to conduct testing at the NY Spring Regional in April, 2016 as well as during our Annual Threat Management Conference in August. Additionally, several chapters are organizing to provide the testing locally. Be sure to speak with your chapter President if you are interested in taking the exam so they can coordinate with the certification committee to proctor an examination.

We are also very excited that Tony Burti and his team in the NY Chapter are working diligently to prepare for the 2016 NY Spring Regional. The dates are set for April 5-6, 2016 at the same location as last year. We hope to exceed last year’s attendance numbers and in an effort to do so, we will be looking for some outstanding speakers. Keep your eyes out for a request for speaker submittals very soon.

Chuck Tobin
Association President 

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